Five Reasons To Visit Nottingham

The Trouble With Nottingham… With a new Robin Hood film about to be released, Nottingham is again inching into the limelight. I say inching because like a shy 5 year old in their first school play, it’s a bit unsure of itself in the eyes of a larger, scrutinizing audience : for years, the locals…

Dungeness – The UK’s Only Desert.

A Dungeness Travel Guide Not your average desert… Did you know Antarctica is a desert? The largest in the world in fact. Apparently being hot and full of sand no longer stands you in good stead to make the desert awards short-list, all you need to qualify these days is less than 25 cm’s of…

Day 5 & 6 – Lake Bled

Summer Roadtrip : Day 5 & 6 – Lake Bled in Slovenia Lake Bled is definitely one of the prettiest lakes I’ve ever seen. It has a circumference of only 4 miles so even the most unfit tourist could manage that little saunter. In any respects, Americans don’t seem to have made it this far…

Has The Cotswolds Made Your Bucket List!

Have The Cotswolds Made It On To Your Bucket List Yet? The Cotswolds is an area of Britain regularly visited by day trippers from London or foreign tourists in the UK wanting to experience a bit of Olde Worlde England. It’s what is known as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and if visitors…

Hidden Gems Of Nottingham You Don’t Want To Miss

Nottingham’s Secret Stuff – The Hidden Gems I’ve been exploring Nottingham for 25 years and I still manage to discover new gems even now. And, whenever we visit a new town or city, I always wish I had some insider knowledge, a local tour guide, someone who knows the gen – the best independent shops…

Horncastle – The Treasure Trove Of Lincolnshire

When, one Saturday morning, I suggested I take Mr MLLH to Horncastle in Lincolnshire, my proposal was met with resounding approval. Not wishing to paint my better half in such a puerile light but sometimes all it takes to convince him of anything is a casual reference to a school-boy gag. “HORNcastle?  Point me in…

Have a Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl For Everyone… Back in the day, when giving croggies and playing kerbie had you exhausted by 8 o’clock, the ultimate wind-down session was a few chapters of the latest Roald Dahl book, in bed with a mam that collected accents for a hobby. The Twits had you thinking up tricks to play on…

What To Do With Boys In Nottingham

Boys!! Keeping any child entertained through the Summer Holidays will always be a challenge but keeping a boy entertained is another level altogether. What is it with their restless souls and their endless desire to be doing something? There are only so many times you can get him to mow the lawn or send him…

Nottingham Parks – Which One’s Are Worth Your Picnic?

Nottingham Parks – But Which One’s? Maybe you’re a tourist in Nottingham, wanting to find some green space? Or maybe you’re a local and just don’t venture beyond your immediate town that often? Whatever, it’s Summer and we should all be making the most of these patches of turf that this fine city has to…

Kids Said “That Was The Best Walk Ever!” – LONDON

 A Walk For Kids In London Walking With Kids – What!?! Can it really be classed as a walk when it’s with the kids? When every five seconds you’re stopping to let them catch up because they’re dragging their feet, or you’re biting your tongue because they’re complaining their legs are aching and you’re not…

Chester – The Perfect Mini Break

A Chester Travel Guide Never before have I ever encountered so many computer geeks wearing Star Wars hoodies in one place! Before our weekend trip I had visions of Chester being a glamorous city set to the back-drop of old Tudor homesteads and ladies with stationery faces that lunch in boutique eating establishments – perhaps I…

South Queensferry – The Perfect Day-Trip From Edinburgh

South Queensferry Like all little sisters, who scratch your CD’s and steal your phone charger, South Queensferry pilfers tourists and day trippers from its elder sibling, Edinburgh, for a peek at its innards – there’s a lot to like about a place with a big red bridge. A short 20 minute train ride into Dalmeny Station drops you…

Clumber Park – The Weird & The Wonderful

A tunnel of lofty Lime tree’s greet you as soldiers, and like a Lilliputian under the belly of a centipede we drove beneath the giant green canopy towards Clumber Park. The Clumber estate was once owned by the Dukes of Newcastle (think Civil War not Geordie Shore) and covers a vast 3,800 acres. You’d struggle…

Nottingham – A Family Mini-Break

Nottingham For A Mini – Break? Parking itself right in the middle of the country, Nottingham definitely gets 10/10 for location – only 2 hours from London or Manchester, a mere 3 from Newcastle or Bristol, what’s your excuse not to make a trip? Recently awarded a UNESCO city of Literature and named by The…